Actress Carol Sutton died on Thursday from COVID-19 complications \tShe appeared in the film 'Steel Magnolias' alongside Dolly Parton \tThe New Orleans mayor announced her passing on Friday and acknowledged the actress's impactful life On late Thursday into Friday, December 11, actress Carol Sutton died. She was 76 when she died from COVID-19 complications. Throughout her career, she became a prominent force in the theater world, to the point that the current mayor acknowledged her passing. The "Queen of New Orleans theater" performed for years on stage. But her work traveled beyond that medium. In fact, she appeared in numerous movies and shows, including Runaway Jury, Queen Sugar, and Claws. The life of Carol Sutton "We celebrate the life of the stellar Carol Sutton," tweeted Queen Sugar director Queen Sugar. "It was our honor to welcome this veteran actress of stage and screen to our show." Throughout her life and career, Carol Sutton touched other actors, plenty of directors, and even politicians with her work. RELATED: In Memoriam \u2014 The People We Lost In 2020 She took part in composing an intense, true look into the African American experience for that community and all willing to learn. In that way, she helped educate and empower and those who knew her hope she rests in peace and power just the same. She also starred alongside Dolly Parton famously in Steel Magnolias. Sad passings News came on Friday that Carol Sutton had passed. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell shared a statement Friday. In it, she remembered her legacy and the work she'd been engaged in right to the end. Mayor Cantrell stated, "Carol Sutton was practically the Queen of New Orleans theater, having graced the stages across the city for decades." Her statement went on, "The world may recognize her from her performances in movies and on TV \u2014 whether it\u2019s \u2018Treme\u2019 or \u2018Claws,\u2019 or \u2018Runaway Jury\u2019 or \u2018Queen Sugar\u2019 \u2014 but we will always remember her commanding stage presence, her richly portrayed characters and the warm heart she shared with her fellow cast and crew in productions such as \u20184000 Miles\u2019 and \u2018A Raisin in the Sun.\u2019 May she rest in God\u2019s perfect peace."